Development of a plant growth unit for growing plants over a long-term life cycle under microgravity conditions

Y. Kitaya, A. Tani, E. Goto, T. Saito, H. Takahashi

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Abstract

To study the effect of the space environment on plant growth including the reproductive growth and genetic aberration for a long-term plant life cycle, we have initiated development of a new type of facility for growing plants under microgravity conditions. The facility is constructed with subsystems for controlling environmental elements. In this paper, the concept of the facility design is outlined. Subsystems controlling air temperature, humidity, CO 2 concentration, light and air circulation around plants and delivering recycled water and nutrients to roots are the major concerns. Plant experiments for developing the facility and future plant experiments with the completed facility are also overviewed. We intend to install this facility in the Japan Experiment Facility (JEM) boarded on the International Space Station.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-288
Number of pages8
JournalAdvances in Space Research
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Jan 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Geophysics
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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